If people returning to work and hot cross buns already being in supermarkets weren’t sufficient clues, the empty spaces in Masterton’s public spaces where Christmas decorations once hung are the final confirmation that the holiday season is well and truly over.
In the past week, contractors have removed all Christmas decorations from Masterton’s streets and stashed them inside the old Masterton Town Hall.
“This work takes place over several nights, with traffic management plans in place to minimise disruption,” a Masterton District Council [MDC] spokesperson said.
Asked if this means that MDC does not subscribe to the old belief that leaving Christmas decorations up past New Year’s Eve runs the risk of incurring bad luck, the spokesperson confirmed that “superstition does not play a role in council planning”.
“The work is done is done in a safe and fiscally responsible way, when our contractor’s staff have returned for the new year,” the spokesperson said.
“To potentially incur greater cost to have this work done earlier would conceivably be considered more than simply bad luck by ratepayers.”